Angus King

Trump's nominee for State clears procedural hurdle in Senate

President Donald Trump's nomination of Rex Tillerson for secretary of state cleared a Senate hurdle Monday, setting the stage for an extended debate over the president's order banning travel from specific Muslim-majority countries and U.S. policy toward Russia.

Senators voted 56-43 to put Tillerson's bid to be the nation's chief diplomat on track for confirmation later this week. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., pressed unsuccessfully for a delay in the vote until Tillerson answered for Trump's travel ban order.

Trump's order bars individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days. Trump has repeatedly said the move is aimed at...

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